In today’s AAC college basketball matchup, the Houston Cougars are taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Fifth Third Arena. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting picks and betting trends, then give our Houston vs Cincinnati prediction for the game today.
Houston vs Cincinnati Game Info
No. 6 Houston Cougars (19-2, 8-0 AAC) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (15-6, 5-3 AAC)
Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022
Time: 6 PM ET
Venue: Fifth Third Arena — Cincinnati, OH
Houston vs Cincinnati College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds
Moneyline: HOU: (-225) | CIN: (+215)
Point Spread: HOU: -6 (-110) | CIN: +6 (-110)
Total: 132.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Houston vs Cincinnati College Basketball Betting Preview
Since a controversial road loss to then-No. 9 Alabama on December 12th, Houston hasn’t lost a game. While they do play in an AAC conference that has been weaker than usual this season, they have still done so without two of their top players in guard Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark who are both out for the season with injuries. In eight games of conference play, the Cougars have won by single digits just twice. A big reason is their elite play on both sides of the ball. Houston averages over 76 points per game on offense while allowing just over 56 per game. If Houston can keep a team below 70 points, which they do seemingly every night, they have more than enough offensive firepower to put teams away without too much trouble.
Cincinnati has been a solid team this year but has found themselves tripped up by teams they should be beating too often this year. Cincinnati has three conference losses with losses against Tulane and Temple. While both teams aren’t necessarily bad teams overall, Cincinnati has no business losing to these teams seeing they have beaten the likes of Illinois and SMU this season. The Bearcats are led by Jeremiah Davenport and David DeJulius who combine to average over 26 points per game. Both have seen some regression in their efficiency however as they both shoot just over 40% from the field this season. If they can heat up against Houston, they could put the Cougars in real trouble.
Houston vs Cincinnati College Basketball Betting Trends
- Houston is 4-1 in their last five road games.
- In their last nine games against Cincinnati, Houston is 8-1 against the spread (ATS).
- Cincinnati is 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games.
- The UNDER is 12-5 in Cincinnati’s last 17 games.
- The UNDER is 11-5 in Cincinnati’s last 16 games against Houston.
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Houston vs Cincinnati Prediction | College Basketball Betting Picks
A Houston vs Cincinnati prediction is tough, since both teams have stellar defenses. With such a low total, it’s really tough to take the under. With the way Cincinnati’s offense has been playing recently, it’s tough to take the over as well. Houston may be down two of their best players, but they’ve done well to this point in the season without them.
Cincinnati has not shown the ability to take control of games this season in AAC play. They’ve also had a tough time coming back from deficits, as they aren’t very efficient shooting the ball as a team. Houston is the exact opposite. They are never truly out of the game and can shoot the lights out of the building. Although this is a tough road game for them, there is no reason to doubt them not only winning this game, but also covering the spread.
For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Houston a 86% chance to win.